Opinion

What to ask the candidates: What’s going to happen with Social Security?

Thursday, January 28, 2016

A group of us here in the Monadnock region have some questions for our presidential candidates we think are important to share with our neighbors before we vote in November. What follows is an expanded question about the future of Social Security and some of the background that’s relevant as context: How, specifically, would you stop the federal government’s confiscation of our retirement savings in Social Security, which we are forced to participate in, which is then routinely diverted into the general fund? Better yet, would you advocate for a Chilean-style private system, which has been so successful for decades? If not, why? Recent headlines …

Viewpoints: Bipartisan progress on heroin and opioid crisis

Friday, January 29, 2016

As people across New Hampshire know painfully well, the heroin and opioid crisis is the most pressing public health and safety challenge facing our state. No matter how often we repeat the statistic, the fact that more than 400 Granite Staters died from a drug overdose in 2015 is no less staggering or …

Letters: A barbaric bobcat lottery

Thursday, February 4, 2016

To the editor: Special thanks to the Ledger-Transcript staff for its comprehensive review of all things related to the well being of New Hampshire’s bobcats. Though I gained insights from the firsthand accounts of a trapper and Fish and Game, I am most grateful to Eric Aldrich’s informative contributions, which delicately locate the issue of the bobcat within the Fish and Game Commission’s …

Letters: Corruption in pipeline process

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: I am appalled to learn that Susan Chamberlain, the N.H. Public Utilities Commission consumer advocate, did not have her appointment renewed, even though she had applied to serve once more. It is clear she was not renewed because she advised against the Liberty Utilities plan …

Letter: Contributions mean raffle is on

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

To the editor: We would like to offer up a huge thank you to the contributors and to Marc LaPlante for their efforts in the Jaffrey VFW Post 5613’s Fuel Relief Raffle. The tickets cost a $10 each and only 100 tickets will be sold. The raffle items …

Letters: Stop the ugly side of elections

Thursday, February 4, 2016

To the editor: The current election process shows just how conflicted Americans are and it is getting uglier and uglier. Various members of my own family are supporting Bernie, Hillary, Rubio or Trump. The Trump supporters are kind, decent people who are deeply concerned about our country’s direction …

Community Conversations: ‘We played ... until the streetlights came on’

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Like many Boomers, I grew up in a big-city suburb. Gangs of us kids raced through the postage-stamp backyards of our Woodland Ave. neighborhood. We played at games, mischief and mayhem until the streetlights came on, our signal …

Viewpoint: I oppose ‘Obamacare,’ Medicaid expansion

Monday, February 8, 2016

Can a person who opposes health insurance coverage for the poor, children and women who have ovarian cancer be all that bad? That person is me. Actually, I oppose President Obama’s health care law and its offspring — …

Jaffrey is home to downtown neighborhood of shops

Thursday, February 4, 2016

What defines a neighborhood? Is it a group of people living together and depending on one another? Or simply those living in a certain place? A true neighborhood fosters feelings of belonging, and creates a sense of shared …

Letters: We need Bernie Sanders

Thursday, February 4, 2016

To the editor: Every day that I have to struggle with food insecurity and what and how to feed my family, I think of how things will be on a better path with Bernie Sanders in the White House, watching over our food supply and calling companies and …

Editorial: Our endorsement for the primary

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

We’ve been watching, listening, reporting, and today we give you our endorsement for the two candidates who stand out as worthy of the Democratic and Republican nominations in the New Hampshire primary. The Democratic ticket The U.S. needs a president who can represent a wide spectrum of views, …

Letter: Thank you to Wright Painting

Friday, January 22, 2016

To the editor: With much gratitude, the Jaffrey Civic Center would like to recognize Dennis Wright of Wright Painting, Jaffrey, for stepping up to our call for community service on the occasion of Martin Luther King, Jr. National Day of Service. Dennis very generously provided crew, paint and …

Letters: Addiction is a disease

Friday, January 22, 2016

To the editor: A few weeks ago Mr. Banks wrote about his feeling regarding addiction and his sister’s illness. I answered with some feelings of my own and some facts from The National Institute on Drug Abuse. I did certainly say I had a choice regarding heroin use. …